Paul Sutton


Software Testing

Big Blue Button and Overleaf Testing

I am currently involved in testing various software resources, this include Big Blue Button and Overleaf.

Big Blue Button Testing

The instance of BBB I am using is hosted by Faircam, we have access to both the current stable release,but also the alpha release. This allows for testing of the software. I am part of the BBB developer google group, so can report issues and have just joined the Users' list to discuss there too.

Overleaf Online LaTeX Editor testing

With Overleaf, users are given access to new features to try out, so right now they are introducing a new editor, so the options are the Beta editor, Normal editor and the usual Rich text editor. As I prefer to just write in LaTeX, then I am using the normal editor, but also switching between that and the new test editor and can fill in a simple online form to give feedback on new features.



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Debian Conference 2022 – call for proposals

The deadline for submitting talk proposals, for this years conference is April 15th. Please see the call for proposals page for details.

Debconf 2022




I love free software day

I love fs image

February 14th is again the annual I love free software day a chance to celebrate free software.


This year the fsfe are planning a gaming event with speakers and a chance to play some great games that are released under the gpl.

Game jam will take place on 14th of February 2022 at 18.00-20:00 CET

Please contact the fsfe for more info, you only need to register if you want to take part in the talks, you can still watch the talks and play the games.

Talks will be streamed and the interactive element of this will be via Big Blue Button.



Fosdem 2022

FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate.

Dates: 5 & 6 February 2022 Location: Online




Privacy tools list

A discussion on Mastodon on Sunday, resulted in being directed to this excellent list of privacy tools, There is a lot to go through here so if you are looking for alternatives to proprietary solutions this is very worth checking out.




Blender 3 features

In a related post to the Sprite Frigiht video from November 1st,

This video looks at some of the great features in version 3 of Blender.

Looks pretty good, you can follow Blender on the Fediverse with



Linux Foundation events

This is a list of upcoming Linux foundation events.


SeaGL 2021

This year, SeaGL takes place on the 5th / 6th November.




Freedom ladder – From the Free Software Foundation 5/8/2021


The “freedom ladder” is a new method the FSF campaigns team has developed to help users get their first start in software freedom.

One problem with most guides introducing newcomers to GNU/Linux is that they stop them too soon on their “journey to freedom,” and end up suggesting that a partially nonfree setup is a desirable outcome. By contrast, our guides focus is to encourage users to not rest content with nonfree software, while at the same time recognizing that they have other pressures and obligations. We want to help them stay both motivated and determined in their gradual process to eliminate nonfree software from their lives. 

Previous meetings have been excellent with lots to chat and think about.

Next meeting is Thursday 5th August 2021. 16:00 to 17:00 Eastern Time on IRC (chat) and will be looking at *Learning how to find help / Trying a free operating system *.

This is going to be 21:00 UK time I think.